13.12.2016 - General
Maidstone is perfectly situated in the middle of the South East of Kent, just 32 miles from London, and less than an hour from most surrounding towns such as Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury.
The River Medway runs through the centre of town and provides a scenic route that can be explored by foot, bike or boat. Take a cruise down the river on The Kentish Lady and take in the views of Maidstone and The River Medway firsthand. If you want to explore the river and it’s surroundings by foot, Maidstone River Park offers a 10km walk along the river, with various different routes to try out.
The most well-known landmark in Maidstone is Leeds Castle, and it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain according to. Surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and various different gardens, and an ancient moat, Leeds Castle is a breathtaking sight. As well as the castle and grounds itself, there is always plenty of activity with different events taking place throughout the year, such as tours, talks, music, dining events and other activities. There is also a 9-hole golf course set in the beautiful grounds, and if you are an avid car fan, don’t miss out on the huge motor event in May 2017.
If you enjoy the outdoors, Mote Park is definitely worth a visit. Located right in the heart of Maidstone, with over 450 acres of grassland, woodland, rivers and a 30-acre lake, this park is perfect for walking and cycling in a peaceful landscape, surrounded by beautiful, mature trees. There is also the Mote Park Café to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of tea. There is also a leisure centre, indoor bowls, and cricket and rugby pitches if you fancy watching a game. The Romney Restaurant serves freshly prepared dishes using local ingredients from local suppliers and farmers. This is located in the beautiful Audley Moat House Retirement Village set in the grounds of the park, where there is also a health and wellbeing centre if you feel like indulging in a pamper day or a swim in the indoor pool.
The Kent Downs is An Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty and another place definitely worth a visit. Stretching from the White Cliffs of Dover to the borders of Surrey, with surrounding views across the countryside, towns and sea. Enjoy a countryside picnic at the Bluebell Hill Picnic Site within AONB, rich in country scenery and wildlife, with panoramic views across the Medway Valley, and just over 20 minutes away from our Maidstone site.
If you enjoy shopping, Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre is a must. Located in the heart of Maidstone with around 50 shops and an 800 space underground carpark, this outdoor shopping centre has everything for the ultimate day of shopping. There is also a selection of great coffee shops and restaurants to stop off for a bite to eat or a quick rest and restore to continue with more shopping.
If you are after a more cultural experience, Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery is directly opposite Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre. This is a free museum offering exhibitions, collections and workshops.
Places to Eat and Drink
There are many places to eat and drink around Maidstone depending on what you are looking for, with a mix of pubs, country houses, and International and European cuisines.
Bill’s – Serving contemporary European food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Chiltern Hundreds – Serving delicious and traditional British food and a family-friendly environment.
Embankments – Try something different and have dinner on this ‘floating bar and restaurant’, serving fresh fish and meat, and a range of delicious surf n turf combinations.
Around the Fremlin Walk area there are also various restaurants such as Wildwood, Nandos, Chiquitos, Prezzo and Pizza Express.
By car, from Ashford International Station and the Channel Tunnel via the M20 motorway. Maidstone is accessed from junctions 5, 6, 7 and 8. From London and the rest of the UK the best route is via the M25 and M26/M20 motorways. Within Maidstone, there are two train stations – Maidstone East, for London and Ashford services, and Maidstone West for Gatwick and Strood services. For more information by any mode of transport, visit here.
Other things to note
In case of an emergency, there are several medical services around the area;